Our research analyses the concrete operation of transnational knowledge networks in higher education in the context of Finland and the EU. These networks are cross-sectoral entities, formed in formal and informal relationships between policy actors and their affiliated groups.
The project’s premise is the social construction of knowledge in networks. The project is guided by previous research on power and knowledge, using a convergent mixed-method design to work on three aims:
- Relationality of knowledge: Using network analysis, we will map knowledge network members and their relations with Finnish–EU higher education networks.
- Normative selection of knowledge in the policy process: We will conduct and analyse interviews with policy actors identified in the network analysis as central.
- Soft power of transnational networks: We will analyse how knowledge is translated, shaped, and used in these networks’ policymaking, drawing on observation data collected from key meetings and public events.
The project is funded by the Academy of Finland.